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Below is our recent interview with Randall Sander, the Founder and CEO of Inlokality:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to Inlokality?
A: Inlokality was created following the 2017 hurricane season. During every major American disaster, it is amazing to watch Americans from across the country drop everything and help others in need. Our shared connection to the people around us and the desire to help those in need is one of our greatest attributes. As I watched, I could not help but ask why there wasn’t a technology that could directly connect two local individuals based on any needed skillset, without searching for names, email addresses, phone numbers, internet searches, website forms, references or friends’ lists. The internet has connected the world but has done little to connect us to the person just four houses away. Inlokality was built to change that.
Q: Are you just another social media platform?
A: We are asked this question more than any other question. We actually are not social media. We do not have ads, we do not sell member’s private information, and the connections we make are personal rather than broadcast to the public. We are closer to a community member-to-member email service. The Inlokality community application is a free service that connects members based on a common interest or requested background to people in their area. We remove the need to search altogether. We have had people connect directly to pastors in times of need, veteran support groups connect to other veterans as they travel, and parents connect to tutors. People find local support from other community members in everything from sports to accounting. Our members select what they want to share based on what is important to them, both skills and interests. Then we send them messages when a member of their community requests that specific skill or interests. This could be as often as once per week, or as rare as once per year. Our members sign up with the desire to support their community.
We are in this together!
Q: What are the benefits of creating the private Inlokality network?
A: Inlokality Private Access is our service-based application that creates a private version of Inlokality.
One of the biggest issues small businesses face is access to resources and therefore often struggle alone. Inlokality Private Access allows small business to combine their skill/resources, to collaborate and build effective business teams. Together they can respond to leads faster and more effectively while gaining valuable business insights that independently would not be possible. They gain instant access to the members of their business group, discover synergies, discuss business opportunities, support each other, and collaborate on business topics privately within their group.
As an added advantage, they join the growing Inlokality community allowing them to be there for members of their local community.
Q: How would you convince the reader to start using your platform?
A: Before we developed Inlokality, we traveled the country, interviewed tens of thousands of people and we listened closely to their concerns. In the end, people have a natural desire to connect with their community, but they are tired of advertisements, the low-value bulk posts, and are afraid of what large corporations are doing with their personal information.
Inlokality is a simple application that supports local member-to-member connections. Our members sign up to support our mission. With Inlokality, the community gains a valuable application to connect to each other, and the local small business community gains our Private Access application helping them grow their businesses.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Right now, we are a young and growing company. I feel both blessed and privileged that Inlokality has allowed me to meet so many people from across the country, each with their own unique and vibrant story – the very purpose for Inlokality. From the youth coach connecting to her team, to the Chicago community volunteer searching for an easier way to collaborate and amplify his efforts. It is hard to deny that our lives are better together. We have members across the country right now, and we hope to continue amassing more community members in the future.
We hope to infiltrate every inch of the country with this community-oriented mindset. That is our plan for the future of Inlokality.